2016 Workshop Description

Instructor: Brooke Warner, Editor

Your Outline: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Countless writers dismiss the outlining process as something far too left-brained and linear, as something that interrupts their creative flow or puts boundaries on their characters or story. In this workshop, Brooke Warner offers a new way of thinking about outlining, and structure in general. Whether you're writing a prescriptive book, memoir, or novel-or collection of shorter pieces—outlining will (a) provide support; (b) keep you on track; and (c) help you see the forest through the trees when you're in that murky middle place.

With years of editorial experience, Brooke is a champion of the outlining process, and helps writers who think that structure is their enemy to understand why it must be treated more like a wise sage, with something important to give. Reframing our relationship with outlining contains and supports the writing process in ways that can and do feel like a warm embrace. An outline also serves writers down the road when you're ready to pitch your book to agents and editors because the work of the chapter summaries—and by extension the overview and the pitch—is largely complete. If you've ever felt stuck in your writing, outlining as a way of roadmapping your manuscript is one of the first things that can help you break free.